Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: Year In Pictures

I was looking at pictures this morning and realized what a GREAT year 2010 has been. I decided to do another year in review in pictures.

Hudson experienced his first snow fall. He wasn't too impressed...
...But Jackson was!
We had more snow. This time Hudson liked it a little more.
And Jackson and I got the stomach virus on Valentine's Day. Gross!
Jackson started potty training...
...and we spent a fun afternoon in Man World (aka the John Deere dealership).
My little sister got married!
I was the Matron of Honor, Jason was a groomsmen and Jackson was the "ring barrow". The wedding was awesome!
I celebrated my 5 year anniversary at my job. I got to choose a present and we decided that we should get a tent (cause nothing says "Thanks for 5 years of dedication" like a tent does!). We set it up in the living room and went camping...
...even Hudson had fun camping.
Hudson got naked outside!
Jackson turned 3. We celebrated with a mechanic birthday party.
We also went swimming a bunch.
Jackson graduated from swimming lessons...
...He was even brave and jumped in the 12 foot deep area.
We also went to Hudson's first Redbird's game.
We got a membership to the zoo. We went every weekend that the weather was nice.
Jackson loved playing in the fountain in Teton Trek...
...and Hudson fell asleep everytime he was there!
Jackson also got pneumonia.
We got kicked out of our house this month so insurance could fix some plumbing. We got new flooring and a new laundry room.
Hudson played in a pumpkin this month...
...and the boys went Trick-or-Treating. Man, I love Buzz Lightyear and that precious alien!
Hudson turned 1! We celebrated with an owl birthday party.
And we celebrated Thanksgiving in the hospital after Hudson had a seizure.
We welcomed a little visitor into our house.
We also celebrated Christmas. This year Jackson thought Santa was great, Hudson on the other hand was not a fan in the big guy.

This year has been amazing. I am sad to see it go but excited to see what 2011 holds. Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Day

When we left my parent's house on Christmas Eve, we hurried home so that the boys would be asleep as soon as Santa got there.
Jackson wanted to leave Santa the "J for Jackson" cookies. I didn't have the heart to tell him they were candy canes and not "J"s.
We set out our cookies for Santa and then it was bedtime.
 The stocking were hung...
 ...and Santa came. From the looks of things, the boys were very good this year. (and Jackson got everything he wanted: Mobigo, dump truck and garbage truck, ha!)
When Jackson woke up, he was amazed that Santa ate his cookies. He also thought it was funny that Santa left some crumbs. I told him he was a messy eater. Then he took off to the fireplace...
 ...and looked up. He asked "Where did he go?". He also got a kick out of the fireplace screen being moved (nice touch Jason!!!).
I took advantage of one of the few moments they were still and got a picture with my 2 favorite little boys!
 Hudson loved all his goodies. His favorite thing he got was his cellphone and whatever his brother is playing with. =)
Jackson loved everything he got. He loves pretending to be Iron-Man. Look at those strong muscles. (This Iron-Man mask gets around...keep on reading!)
 After all the presents were opened, Hudson needed to rest on the ground and play with his phone.
I love that Jax and Huds are starting to play together!
 I got my turn being Iron-"Mom"...
...while I made breakfast.
 After everything was opened and our house was trashed, we got ready to go see Jason's family in Brownsville.
 We had so much fun in Brownsville. We ate dinner and opened presents and played with everything the boys got.
Iron-Man (Jackson) let his cousin Reed try on his new repulsor. (I am really having to learn alot. Having boys has taught me all about superheros and their powers-things I never thought I would have to know about!)
 Jason even decided to be Iron-Man (see I told you that mask got around.)
Jackson also got a new car. Jason came home and put it together. The battery took 18 hours to charge so the boys pretended to drive the car.

Christmas was SO fun this year. Jackson really got into the whole season so much so that we named him "Captain Christmas". I am already looking forward to next year.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Eve

Ok, so I'm going to post Christmas in 2 parts because we have SO many pictures.
We started Christmas Eve off by cleaning the house and wrapping presents and then baking our Christmas cookies. Jackson LOVES to help out in the kitchen. He is so sneaky though, everytime I would turn my back he would slip some cookie dough in his mouth. (He is like his Momma-would rather have his cookies raw than cooked)
After we made our cookies, we headed over to my parent's house to eat dinner. Before we left, we had to make sure to leave our magical reindeer food outside for the visitors we would be having that night.
I wanted to throw this picture in...It's the only one I have where their shirts are clean. Shortly after this they had ketchup EVERYWHERE!!!!
Right after we got there, the doorbell rang. Jackson ran to the door to find a gift bag outside. Santa had dropped off an early present for both the boys before he started his long trek around the world. Jackson was so excited that Santa had brought him a Mobigo and Hudson got a mini play kitchen. Shawn and Darris were sweet and helped Jackson learn how to use it.

We ate dinner (steak, baked potatoes, Olive Garden salad, green bean bundles and rolls...yum so good!) and then we opened presents.
The boys got out of their ketchup shirts and into their Christmas pjs so they could be comfy while they opened everything...and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. They got so many wonderful presents. My boys are super loved...and super spoiled! =)
Jackson painted my Mom an ornament. He was very proud of his artwork...the best part was on the back. He wrote his initials. It was his first time to write his letters by himself (not tracing anything) and he did a GREAT job!
I had to get out of my jeans too and into some comfy pants (I ate to much yummy steak!) so I could help my boys open their presents. Hudson had more fun playing with the tissue paper.
Is he not the cutest thing you have ever seen?
No Christmas Eve is complete without all 3 (and a half) mechanics putting together one of the boys toys. Why should a children's toy require that many men (and one 3 year old) to put it together?

After the toys were put away and the car was loaded we headed home so 2 boys would be asleep when Santa came...we didn't want him skipping our house.